mono·​coque ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk How to pronounce monocoque (audio)
: a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses
: a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis compare space frame, unibody

Examples of monocoque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team’s familiarity with lightweight materials also helped inform the construction of the vehicle, including its carbon-fiber monocoque. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 Its unique carbon-fiber monocoque is as much of a technical marvel as its powertrain. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2023 But Hennessey claims that this hasn't lessened the Revolution Roadster's abilities, with the Venom F5's carbon-fiber monocoque and carbon-fiber body keeping the supercar stiff and structurally sound. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2023 The car's giant carbon-fiber monocoque, the largest piece of the material utilized in the industry, is woven and cured on site. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 2 July 2023 Murray even personally autographed the carbon-fiber monocoque chassis of the first example that will be built. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2023 While each of the 150 Neveras can be custom built with various materials, colors, and stitching to accommodate any opulent look, the carbon monocoque from which the entire car is fastened can’t be ignored. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 25 Jan. 2023 The firm has done away with everything but the 11.5-foot rig’s most essential elements, so that all that’s left is a sculpted carbon monocoque cockpit that sits in a canopy made of 16-layers of birch wood and is finished in gloss black. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 July 2022 This revolutionary design combines a multi-technology carbon fiber monocoque with a forward structure composed of Forged Composites, an innovative material made from short carbon fibers soaked in resin. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monocoque was in 1913

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“Monocoque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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